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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Subfamily Peloniinae

Chariessa dichroa - male Chariessa vestita (Chevrolat) - Chariessa vestita Beetle - Cregya mixta black soft-winged? beetle  - Chariessa pilosa Beetle for ID - Cregya oculata Small Black Firefly? - Chariessa pilosa Beetle with bright red legs - Chariessa vestita Unknown - Chariessa
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Peloniinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
members of this recently erected subfamily(1) used to be treated in Enopliinae (e.g. in(2))
Numbers
11 spp. in 3 genera in our area(2), >230 spp. in ~30 genera total(1)
Size
worldwide, 2.0–25.0 mm(1)
Range
worldwide, most diverse in the tropics(1)
Remarks
many have evolved to mimic aposematic models, have a slow gait, and frequent the surface of broad leaves and vinelike vegetation(1)
Works Cited
1.Classification, natural history, phylogeny, and subfamily composition of the Cleridae and generic content of the subfamilies
Opitz W. 2010. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collections Frey 32: 31–128.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.